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Be Well at Work - Work/Life program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to parenting and finances . They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge.

**New Group** Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children

Working from home, working without adequate or any childcare, distance learning, home schooling, college students at home, and being with your children 24/7 are only a few of the challenges parents face during COVID-19.
Join Be Well at Work's parenting support group, Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children. The group meetings will be topic based to provide a focus. The format will consist of a brief introduction to the topic by Karen Patchell, MA, BWAW Program Manager, followed by discussion and Q & A. The group will meet virtually on the second Wednesday of the month at 11 am and fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:30-1:30 pm. You are welcome to drop-in for any subject of interest. 
Topics will include:
  • Self Care in light of COVID-19 and shelter in place
  • Managing children's anxieties, and your own   
  • Navigating ongoing uncertainty


UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars, and Postdocs:

  1. Click on the “enroll here” hyperlink to take you to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
  3. Click "Submit."

LBNL Employees:

  1. Please call 510-643-7754 to register.

Spring 2021 Parenting Workshops

Self-Care for Caregivers of Children & Teenagers

Thursday, 2/11, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Karen Patchell, Be Well at Work

Working from home and managing everyone’s schedules has created unprecedented stress for those caring for children. Expectations may be unrealistic right now, and yet we continue to put pressure on ourselves to do it all. Keeping healthy and safe is easily overlooked as the needs and demands of family members takes precedence. Join Be Well at Work Work/Life as we review unique challenges that caregivers of children and teenager may face at this time, and explore strategies for essential self-care when time is limited.


Understanding & Responding to Toddler Tantrums

Thursday, 3/11, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Karen Patchell, Be Well at Work

Whether a child’s behavior during a tantrum is to hit, cry, kick or scream, these emotionally turbulent moments can cause caregivers to feel overwhelm, tension, guilt, sadness, or anger. In order to remain calm and patient supporters for children who are in the midst of a tantrum, we must first understand what is biologically happening. Only then can we focus on responding and assisting children to eliminate the big emotions they are feeling. In this workshop we will:

- Learn about the different types of tantrums

- Look at what happens in the body when a child is having a tantrum

- Discuss why they occur and what can cause them

- Identify ways of responding and being present to support your child during a tantrum

- And how tantrums can actually connect you with your child more.


Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thursday, 3/25; 12:10 - 1 pm

Speaker: Yvette Escobar, UCB Disability Counselor, Kristin Rissanen Ikuta , UCB Academic Personnel, Nicole Roces,Employee/Labor Relations Consultant, Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees.


Curious Children, Wise Elders: How Childhood and Elderhood, Together, are the Key to the Evolution of Human Cognition and Culture

Tuesday, 4/6, noon - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Alison Gopnik

Across many species an extended childhood and high caregiving investment appear to be correlated with intelligence and learning. Humans evolved an exceptionally long childhood and old age, and an unusually high level of caregiving, at the same time that they evolved distinctive capacities for cognition and culture. I’ll explain how these two developments are related, the relationship between children and grandparents, in particular, is key to human culture.


Spring 2021 Financial Workshops

Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning

Thursday, 1/28, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Nancy Pargot, Fidelity

Introduction to key concepts, considerations, and resources for determining when you are ready to retire.


Planning Today for Your Tomorrow

Thursday, 2/18, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Bank of the West

Whether you are just starting your financial journey or preparing for retirement,

financial planning can feel like an overwhelming task. With a bit of guidance, mapping

out your short-and long-term financial goals can be an empowering experience.


Women and Investing: Organize, Plan, Own Your Future

Thursday, April 15th, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Nancy Pargot, Fidelity

Learn ways to build healthy financial habits, save for multiple goals, and invest wisely, so that you can take control of your financial future.